Community involvement is the goal of a two-part Omaha Performing Arts outreach event that begins Tuesday.
People who register for the "Memphis Speaks through Me" event will see the musical Tuesday night and then participate in a daylong forum Wednesday that discusses the prevalent themes in the musical.
Kendra Ingram is Vice President of Programming and Education with Omaha Performing Arts.
She says Memphis the Musical is about the civil rights movement and the birth of rock and roll in Memphis.
Ingram says Wednesday’s dialogue will cover issues of diversity and discrimination in the Omaha community.
"A lot of the show deals with prejudice and racism, along with really great music that came out of this period in history. So we wanted to take an event where participants could see a great show, experience the arts in this way and then connect it to some of the issues that are expressed in the show.”
Ingram stresses that individuals who are interested in attending the forum must see the musical first. Memphis is onstage at the Orpheum, and the forum will be held at the Holland Center.
For more information, the number is 402.661.8446.